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Awards Ceremony highlights firefighters success

Tuesday 12th October, 2010

Fire and Rescue Awards
It was a pleasure to see so many firefighters being recognised for the great work they do within our communities
Richard Hobbs
Firefighters have been recognised for their long service at Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Services annual awards ceremony.

This year saw awards, medals and certificates presented in a number of categories including: the Queen's Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, Chief Fire Officer's Commendations, Community Achievement Awards, Celebrating Partnership in Industry and Defence Medals.

Chief Fire Officer, Graeme Smith said: “The ceremony provided me with a great opportunity to personally thank staff for their commitment and dedication to the service and it was a privilege to have the Lord Lieutenant, Martin Dunn present the long service medals as the Queens representative.

“As well as recognising teams and individuals within the service, the evening also gave me an opportunity to recognise the contribution of all staff and to acknowledge the contribution of local businesses who release their staff for retained duties. “

Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, Richard Hobbs said:
“It was a pleasure to see so many firefighters being recognised for the great work they do within our communities. This year 17 firefighters and fire control personnel received Long Service and Good Conduct medals, which show just how dedicated they are to protecting the community of Warwickshire. “

The awards were as follows:

Queens Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, (for 20 years service). Presented by the Lord Lieutenant:

Warwick District
* Watch Manager, Stephen Bolt – Leamington Fire Station
* Firefighter, Neil Garrett – Leamington Fire Station
* Group Manager, Bruce Nichol - Leamington Fire Station
* Watch Manager, John Wilson - Leamington Fire Station
* Crew Manager, Karen Fletcher - Leamington Fire Station

South Warwickshire
* Group Manager Jon Dixon - Stratford Fire Station
* Watch Manager David Vale - Alcester Fire Station
* Firefighter Mark Walker - Alcester Fire Station

* Watch Manager Kevin Brindley - Rugby Fire Station
* Watch Manager Simon Guard - Rugby Fire Station

Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire
* Firefighter Dave Allen - Nuneaton Fire Station
* Watch Manager David Ashwell - Nuneaton Fire Station
* Firefighter Stephen Croome - Nuneaton Fire Station
* Firefighter Rachel Streeting - Nuneaton Fire Station
* Watch Manager Brian Crow – Training and Development Centre, Bedworth
* Station Manager Ian Walker - Training and Development Centre, Bedworth
* Firefighter, Louis Brown – Coleshill Fire Station

Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation, presented by Graeme Smith
This award is given for individuals have performed a task over and above their normal course of duty i.e. an act of bravery, rescue or dedication etc. In such circumstances, the individual may be commended by the County Fire Officer for their actions.

* Reverend Canon David Capron. David is receiving the award for his work in his community and for the fire service as the previous Chaplain for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

* Firefighter Jake Parton - Coleshill Fire Station Retained, Marc Davies -member of public and Will Ellis - member of public. Jake, Marc and Will are receiving their award for their heroic rescue of a Coleshill resident, William O’Donnell from a flat fire on the 21 August 2010.

Community Achievement Award presented by Councillor Josie Compton

The Community achievement Award is presented to individuals who have been pro-active within the community undertaking tasks / projects which have been of benefit to the community.

* Watch Manager, Russell Ward, Rugby. Established strong partnership links within the local area to develop new initiatives for young people.

* Crew Manager, Pau Whittaker, Nuneaton. For his commitment to working in partnership to reduce risk and target hard to reach communities.

* Firefighter, Michelle Hickmott, Rugby. Michelle has completed the Level 1 qualification for sign language. Michelle is keen to gain further qualifications as she sees the need for someone qualified in sign language to deliver fire safety within our communities.

Celebrating Partnership with industry Award
The Community achievement Award is presented to individuals who have been pro-active within the community undertaking tasks / projects which have been of benefit to the community.

* Rolls Royce
WFRS Training and Development Centre regularly benefits from various operational training activities provided by Rolls-Royce at Ansty.

* Rowley Auto Services Limited
Since taking over the contract for the removal of abandoned vehicles Rowley Autos have made a huge impact in helping us to reduce the level of risk that our communities experience from abandoned vehicles.

The Community Support Award presented by Councillor Hobbs
This Award is presented to recognise the support given to the Service by the employers of Retained personnel

AMS Limited – Gold Award

* AMS currently release John Calladine and Ben Thould to carry out firefighting duties. AMS have been supporting the service for over 10 years

* Collins Extrusion – Bronze Award
Collins Extrusion, Bidford on Avon has released Mark Burgess for over seven years.

Opportunity for Improvement Scheme presented by the Chief Fire Officer, Graeme Smith
Employees are invited to forward suggestion or ideas which would improve or enhance our current equipment or procedures.

* Firefighter Andrew Bishton
Andrew put forward a suggestion for a Long Reach Telescopic Pole. This is a pole that can be used for the retrieval on water. The pole can be extended in seconds and directly to its target.

Defence Medals, Presented by the Lord Lieutenant

The award recognises the loyalty and bravery of the recipients, many of who were killed as a result of enemy action.

* The late Frank Thomas William Kilsby. His award will be received by his son Roger Kilsby.